Description This unique work combines influences from many cultures. The centerpiece is a Mask from Gabon, a country in Western Africa. The original mask is in the collection of The Staadliche Museum of Berlin, Germany and dates from circa 1900. I've used my artistic liberty and added a Byzantine inspired cross to the top of the piece. The background consists of the everpresent swirling patterns which I've adopted as part of my creative ' language '. the swirls are a wonderful inheritance from Klimt and Van Gogh. This work was completed on August 14, 2009. The original belongs to my brother, Joel.
John Keaton, Philadelphia Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement John Keaton was born in Pennsylvania on January 8,1959. He discovered his propensity for creating art early on. As a teen, John created signs for local shops. Other interests included music and film. At age 17, John attended the Philadelphia College of Art where his mastery of drawing and painting caught the attention of many. Longing to see the world at large, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was sent to Germany, the central hub of Europe. From this central vantage point, he was able to visit nearly every major European city and museum to view and study the great masters he had admired as a child. Upon Completion of his Service, John worked for the DOD as a Photographer, and pursued his painting and musical Interests. John studied Advertising Arts and Graphics and began working as a designer. In 1989, Bellaphon Records in Frankfurt hired John as Art Director. He created designs for internationally known recording artists. In 1997 he began working as product designer for Lava Enterprises in San Diego. In 1998, He painted a series of murals for a multi-million dollar residence in Rancho Sante Fe. He began creating renderings and packaging for the gift and retail market in 1996. His clients included Lava Enterprises, Pala Casinos, Décor-Ware and Capri Candles, Price Club, LeMax and Figi, among others.John has designed hundreds of product ranging from wall décor to candles, Photo-frames and Product packaging. Additionally, John taught graphic design at Platt College and The Art Institute of San Diego. A Consummate Perfectionist and a member of the Artists Rights Society of New York City, John is forever crossing new frontiers in his exploration of new mediums of expression and creativity.